TAMC Tip: Safe Toys & Gifts Month

| December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

No one chooses gifts with the intent to harm, but some popular children’s toys can cause serious injuries.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 252,000 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms in 2014, and almost half of those injuries affected the head or face. In fact, about 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries treated in the ER trace back to toys.

Unfortunately, most of these injuries happen to children under age 15, so here are some important reminders :

  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts.
  • Make sure children have appropriate supervision when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause an eye injury.
  • Along with sports equipment, give children the appropriate protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses. Check with your eye doctor to learn about protective gear recommended for your child’s sport.
  • Keep toys that are made for older children away from younger children.
  • If your child experiences an eye injury from a toy, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist, i.e., an eye medical doctor.

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